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The three-bedroom house at 63 Craig Hill Drive, Wheelers Hill, sold for the first time in 40 years.


A Wheelers Hill classic with views to the Dandenong Ranges sold $135,000 beyond reserve after 40 years with its original owner.

The three-bedroom house on 741sq m fetched $1.385m, having been quoted for $1.23m-$1.28m prior to auction through Ray White Ferntree Gully’s Cristine Jones.

Ms Jones said three bidders competed for the keys to 63 Craig Hill Drive.

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Views to the Dandenong Ranges were a big drawcard.


The upstairs living area.


“The people who purchased it have teenage children and another family had a two-year-old, and another were downsizing,” she said.

“The buyers love that it has a separate living area downstairs, especially with their older children, to give them some privacy and space, and most definitely the spectacular views, and it was so well looked after.”

A lower level rumpus room opening outside adjoins the laundry, garage and workshop.

Upstairs are the bedrooms, kitchen, and two living and dining spaces, which open out to an incredible deck.

Anne Downton said her husband Ken, now 98, had been there for 40 years since he had the property built as an AV Jennings home.

“It’s a solid home, and a big home, and it’s a friendly happy house,” she said.

“There’s always people dropping in and chatting to us, it’s always been like that.”

And the views stretching east to the Dandenong Ranges have also been well loved.

A renovated kitchen.


The downstairs rumpus area.


“There’s so much sky, and we see the weather happening,” Ms Downton said.

“ We see the sunrises, the eclipse the other night, hot air balloons, pelicans flying very high in the thermals — there’s a wetland below us, and a bike path — and I love our neighbours.”

Ms Jones said about 100 people watched the auction, which took about 20 minutes, with 22 bids including steady $10,000 increments before reducing to $5000 and $1000.

Also in Wheelers Hill, a four-bedroom house at 42 Strathconnan Place sold for $2m with a $1.8m reserve.

Ray White Mt Waverley agent Courtney Matthews said there were two bidders.

“The buyers were a young family who moved to Australia not too long ago and had been looking for a large family home near Caulfield Grammar School,” she said.

“The number one thing about the house is that it’s been fully renovated inside so there’s nothing that needs to be done. The school zone was also a big draw.”

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